TED Talk Tuesdays

Join us Tuesdays this spring for a short TED Talk video followed by a staff or faculty led discussion. Free and open to the public, noon, honors college lounge. Check out the TED feature in the Western Herald!

Jan. 15
Masculinity Today
Facilitated by Anthony Helms
What does it mean to be a man today? And how do we as a culture support positive masculinity in the face of intact families working more and many young men falling victim to the fatherless epidemic? A lot of effort is geared towards defining what is not positive: toxic masculinity, mansplaining, good ole boy clubs, etc. This discussion will pull from two TED Talks and focus on what positive masculinity is instead of what it is not.

Jan. 22
Exploring Simplicity in Modern Life
Facilitated by Katie Fox
Busy schedules, drawers overfilled with stuff, and excess stress are commonplace in today's modern American society. A movement is afoot with efforts to live more slowly and simply with fewer belongings. We'll view two TED Talks related to the topic of simplicity and discuss its interpretations and how it can impact daily lives of those who choose to apply it.

Jan. 29
This is what it's really like to live with ADHD
Facilitated by Jayne Fraley-Burgett
Please join us for a conversation on adults that identify with ADHD, facilitated by Disability Services for Students.  We will be watching a Ted Talk by Jessica McCabe.  Jessica McCabe's ADHD brought her to the darkest point of her life thus far.  At 34, she was thriving both personally and professionally, producing a successful Youtube channel about living with ADHD. In this deeply personal talk, Jessica describes how she turned things around through community and education.

Feb. 5
How to Add Time to Your Life
Facilitated by Carla Chase
Adding new small routines into our daily lives can get us moving - and improve our health OR "how playing with my new pup made me stronger." The TED talk speaker describes 4 easy ways to be healthier and live longer and shows us "the numbers to prove it!"

Feb. 12
Learning from Failure
Facilitated by Taylor Berry

Feb. 19
Death Positive
Facilitated by Jennifer Townsend
By speaking openly and honestly about death, dying, and beyond, we are able to let go of our fear of death and loss and are able to live fuller lives. Among the topics we can explore: "death with dignity," advance directives, the afterlife, green body disposal and more!

Feb. 26
Navigating a World of "Fake News" and Misinformation
Facilitated by Dianna Sachs
This installment of our TED Talk Tuesdays will feature two talks that explore increasing amounts of misinformation and fake news. First, Alex Edmans discusses how confirmation bias - the tendency to only accept information that supports your personal beliefs - can lead you astray on social media, in politics and beyond, and offers three practical tools for finding evidence you can actually trust. Next, Olga Yurkova discusses StopFake.org, created by a group of journalists, which exposes biased or inaccurate reporting in order to rebuild the trust we've lost in our journalists, leaders and institutions. Dianna Sachs, Associate Professor of University Libraries at WMU will moderate a discussion and Q&A session following the talks.

March 12
The Surprising Science of Happiness
Facilitated by Jeffrey Jones
What is the good life and how do we pursue a meaningful existence? Various school of thought (and multiple TED Talks) have taken on this question over the years. In this installment of the weekly series at LHC, we will mine the TED archives and consider impact bias, synthetic and natural happiness, and discuss several experiments from across the social sciences.

March 19
Toward a New Era for Higher Education: Five Key Elements
Facilitated by Dr. James Bosco
We live in a world of new challenges and opportunities. Much of what worked in the past does not work in the present. For many businesses it has been "change or die!" However, higher education is inoculated to greatly inhibit change and innovation. There are far more similarities than differences in the college experience in 2018 than what a student encountered in 1969 despite the way the world has been transformed in the past fifty years. Five of the critical changes in how higher education functions that need to be made will be described. Dr. Bosco is looking forward to hearing what major changes students would propose.

March 26
The Power of Mentorship
Facilitated by The Peer Student Success Team

April 2
Overlapping Stories
Facilitated by Dr. Sue Caulfield
"Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding." My students have found this talk to be very compelling. It helps them recognize, from a different viewpoint, the extent to which all of us carry stereotypes. Adichie does this in a way that is welcoming, rather than threatening, and opens us up to conversation and exploring our own beliefs and habits.

April 9
Cultivating Resilience and Grit in the Face of Adversity
Facilitated by Anetra Grice
Bouncing back after a setback is most commonly heard when recovering from sports injuries, however, anyone can cultivate resilience and build "emotional muscle" when facing life's challenges.

April 16
War in the Workplace
Facilitated by Adrienne Fraaza
For the first time in history, four generations must co-exist in the workplace. Wondering how to deal with the angry, lazy, and entitled people who are in different generations? This discussion will focus on navigating a multi-generational workplace.